Odds: Middlesbrough 3/4, Draw 13/5, Sunderland 18/5
Kick Off: 1300, 06/01/2018
Tony Pulis secured his first win as Middlesbrough boss on New Year’s Day and can further endear himself to the club’s supporters by beating Sunderland in the FA Cup.
Boro have already edged out their local rivals 1-0 at the Riverside in the Championship this term and came out on top in both Premier League encounters last season.
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Having succeeded Garry Monk last month, Pulis started out with a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa but kick-started his reign via a 3-2 away triumph that ended Preston’s nine-match unbeaten run.
That victory pushed Boro up to eighth in the Championship table, 19 points ahead of second-from-bottom Sunderland.
After recovering from being 2-1 down at the break at Deepdale, Pulis said: “We showed a lot of character in the second half, which was very encouraging.”
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Chris Coleman has a much bigger job on his hands at Sunderland after Monday’s 1-0 home loss to Barnsley saw them slip back into the relegation zone.
The former Wales boss had previously steered the Black Cats to three wins in seven matches, but admitted: “It’s a tough one to swallow.
“Even worse was the nature of the defeat, we looked nervous again. We got zero and deserved zero.”
Coleman must also contend with a fresh injury to Darron Gibson, who joined former Manchester United teammate Paddy McNair on the treatment table.
Preston 2-3 MIDDLESBROUGH – Daniel Ayala (2), Jonathan Howson
SUNDERLAND 0-1 Barnsley
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